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Alien technology : coping with modern mysteries

Author: Ananda Mitra
Publisher: New Delhi : SAGE Publications, 2010.
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This book explores the consequences of technological alienation on individuals and communities in the modern times. The world is already witnessing situations in which those who are alienated from technologies are at the mercy of those who in "are the know". This may even lead to the creation of new kind of class system based on technology literacy.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Mitra, Ananda, 1960-
Alien technology.
New Delhi : SAGE Publications, 2010
(DLC) 2010033658
(OCoLC)640085893
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ananda Mitra
ISBN: 9788132106203 8132106202
OCLC Number: 671642842
Description: 1 online resource (x, 201 pages)
Contents: Machine generated contents note: 1. The Law of Technological Alienation --
Thinking about Technology --
Alienation --
2. The Cup Holder on My PC is Broken --
One Tool Does All --
New Tasks --
Technological Obsolescence --
Responding to Alienation --
3. Maybe My Monitor's Out of Ink --
Factors that Lead to the Second Level of Alienation --
Second Level of Alienation --
4. Computer Problems? Don't Go Nuts --
Is It Really Broken? --
Getting It Repaired --
Complex Tools Needing Multiple Helpers --
Teams with Tools --
Replace, Not Repair --
5. I Can Fix This --
Fear of Technology --
Bad Experience --
Keeping Things Hidden --
Is It Really Fixed? --
Finding a Fix --
6. I Am Glad I Don't Know --
No Need for the Tool --
Alienation and Transparent Technology --
The Willing User --
7. Those Who Know Are in Control --
Alienation and Power --
Being Powerless --
8. What Do I Need to Do? --
Alienation and Intelligence --
Magical Tools --
Critical User --
How Alienated Am I? --
9. Preliminary Steps --
The Language of Technology --
Questions to Ask.
Responsibility: Ananda Mitra.

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This book explores the consequences of technological alienation on individuals and communities in the modern times. The world is already witnessing situations in which those who are alienated from technologies are at the mercy of those who in "are the know". This may even lead to the creation of new kind of class system based on technology literacy.

This book explores complex technologies, presents ways of identifying the levels of alienation, and suggests remedies for overcoming the alienation and becoming better and empowered users of technology. Replete with examples and written in lucid language, its humorous, tongue-in-cheek style will engage the reader. --Book Jacket.

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